About a year after the introduction of the 2015 Acura TLX GT racecar, Acura got its first win in the Pirelli World Challenge series, and the luxury automaker has equally lofty expectations for its newest racecar set to commence competition in the National Auto Sport Association (NASA) series. Introduced at the New York Auto Show, the Acura ILX Endurance Racer is based on the updated 2016 Acura ILX, and it has all of the racing goodies needed to compete in one of the top semi-pro racing series in the U.S.

Acura has its sights set on winning at NASA’s flagship race, the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. This race is run at the three-mile Thunderhill Raceway Park in California, and it is the longest endurance race in America.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015 Acura ILX NASA Endurance Racer.

  • 2015 Acura ILX NASA Endurance Racer
  • Year:
    2015
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  • 0-60 time:
    5.5 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
  • Price:
    50000 (Est.)
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Exterior

2015 Acura ILX NASA Endurance Racer
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In keeping with the spirit of the 2016 Acura ILX, Acura left the exterior of the ILX Endurance Racer pretty much the same as the production car. For racing purposes, though, some obvious changes were made, including the front splitter, stubby racing mirrors on the doors, the rear wing and the air jacks, but the coolest addition is the auxiliary LED lighting tacked onto the hood for night driving.

Interior

As expected from any racecar, the 2016 Acura ILX Endurance Racer has had its entire interior stripped down to just the essentials. Acura has replaced the luxurious cabin with the latest in racing safety gear, including a full roll cage, racing seats and harnesses, quick-disconnect steering wheel and full racing instrumentation.

Drivetrain

As a race-ready version of the 2016 Acura ILX, the ILX Endurance Racer already starts life with a peppy little engine, and while Acura hasn’t revealed too many specs about the engine used, it does list some of the work that was performed to get the ILX into racing form.

Prices

The updated 2016 Acura ILX starts at $27,900, but for teams looking for a race-ready ILX Endurance Racer to take on some of the toughest road tracks in the U.S., it’s going to be much more expensive than that. Acura isn’t saying how much it will cost to get a fully NASA prepped ILX loaded up into your race hauler, but it won’t be cheap.

Conclusion

Transforming an entry-level luxury car into an endurance-racing racecar is no easy feat, but the Acura ILX Endurance Racer definitely looks the part. The 2015 NASA season of events kicks off this weekend, but Acura will have to wait until December to get its shot at Thunderhill.

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    • * Racing is expensive
    • * No performance trickle-down to production ILX

Press Release

Fresh from its first victory with the Acura TLX GT in the 2015 Pirelli World Challenge racing series, Acura will showcase an audacious new ILX endurance race car alongside the new Acura NSX supercar in a display of Acura ultra performance on April 1-12 at the 2015 New York International Auto Show.

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Developed to compete head-to-head with other high-performance cars in round-the-clock endurance road racing, the ILX endurance racer features a specially modified engine, chassis, suspension and interior, all wrapped in near stock-appearing bodywork.

"Road racing is an excellent proving ground for our performance cars and the size, weight, performance and durability of the Acura ILX make a great basis for a racer with high ambitions," said Mike Accavitti, Acura Division senior vice president and general manager. "It also demonstrates the maximum-performance mindset inherent to the Acura brand."

Making its first appearance in New York, the production version of the new NSX twin-turbo hybrid supercar will grace center stage in Acura’s booth, flanked by the recently-revealed 2016 RDX SUV and the reimagined 2016 ILX sport sedan along with the freshened 2016 MDX SUV and updated 2016 RLX luxury sedan. The 2015 TLX, Acura’s hot-selling luxury sport sedan introduced just last summer and already making major inroads in the smoldering mid-luxury segment, rounds out one of the strongest lineups in Acura history. In fact, every one of these quick, luxurious, precision-crafted performance vehicles is either all new or has been notably refreshed within the last eight months.

The ILX endurance racer was developed in-house with the primary goal of outright victory in the 25 Hours of Thunder Hill race. This is no small task, as the ILX team will face the likes of Porsche, BMW, and other strong competitors. Key features of the ILX racer include:
Racing Series NASA Endurance Series
Class ES
Major powertrain modifications

HPD engine mounts
HPD lightened flywheel and racing clutch
Forged pistons and connecting rods
Racing cams
Low restriction intake & exhaust systems
Blueprinted fuel injectors

Major chassis modifications

HPD camber plates and rear anti-roll bar
Racing suspension kit
Racing tires and wheels

Exterior modifications

Custom front splitter and rear spoiler
Supplemental LED lighting system
Low-profile door mirrors

Interior modifications

Custom safety cage
Racing seats and harnesses
Racing steering wheel with quick disconnect
Racing gauge package
Lightweight battery
Fuel cell
Air jacks

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